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18/09/2020
Sónar presents Sónar+D CCCB 2020, a special edition blending online and on-site activities
Sónar presents Sónar+D CCCB 2020, a special edition blending online and on-site activities

On 18 and 19 September, Sónar+D launches with a brand-new look and through more channels than ever before. Sónar+D CCCB 2020, which is supported by the Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC) and Catalan Arts, has put together an audiovisual and digital media platform that will stream the entire programming line-up on two free channels and feature other exclusive, on-demand content. In addition, a two-day, on-site event filled with activities will be held at the Barcelona Centre for Contemporary Culture (CCCB), although capacities will be limited.

The programme to be streamed live will be broadcast on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 September, from 10.30 am to 2 am the following morning at www.sonar.es and www.sonarplusd.com. The on-site activities at the CCCB will take place the same days, from 10.30 am until 12 midnight, while the DJ sessions at Torre d'Alta Mar will only be available online, from 12 noon until 12 midnight. On-demand content will remain available without interruption from the festival kick-off on Friday at 10.30 am until its closure the following Sunday at 2 am.

A total of 140 artists and speakers are taking part in over 70 activities, from concerts and DJ sets to debates, workshops, exhibitions and newer formats, like the video capsules that many artists have produced just for the festival.

Among the extensive two-day programme of activities, Sónar+D will put on the first showing ever of the short documentary film "The Catalan Electronic Music Scene" (2020), which portrays the variety and vitality of the Catalan electronic music scene through ten of today's hottest artists and DJs. Written and directed by journalist Javier Blánquez, one of our top experts in electronic music and author of Loops: The History of Electronic Music, the documentary looks at the most promising new artistic projects in Catalonia, both by up-and-coming creators and seasoned artists. Aesthetically different artists such as Pedro Pina, Ylia, C.P.I., JMII, Pedro Vian, Coyu, Sustainer, beGun, Luna Ki or Rosalía are united by what's most important: the creative freedom you get from being up on a diverse and lively stage. "The Catalan Electronic Music Scene" was produced by Catalan Arts to provide insight into the Catalan music scene and help it grow internationally.

Catalan Arts also took part in setting up the round table session titled "The festivals of the coming present". The panel of speakers will discuss their creations, intentions, practices, international networking and predictions for the future. Like the documentary showing, the round table aims to let outsiders peek into the Catalan music scene, especially those from abroad.

This week, the ICEC has also posted online the first digital version of its "Music Tech in Catalonia" booklet. This working document, made available in parallel with the online edition of Sónar+D, aims to highlight the music tech sector in Catalonia and help the companies that comprise it reach out internationally. The booklet contains information about the Catalan music tech industry as well as a list of companies that will be added to as the sector grows and new initiatives arise.

Pre-registration for both online and on-site activities is via the website www.sonarplusd.com.

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